AIYA Victoria has been working with other chapters and AIYA’s national executive since 2012 and has established relationships with local academic and professional organisations including Australia-Indonesia Centre, Asialink, the Indonesian Consulate-General in Melbourne, the Indonesian Student’s Association (PPIA), and many more.
Running various activities in the fields of education, culture and sport there are a variety of events and programs throughout the year that you can get involved with! Get to know the committee and general members and stay up to date with the chapter’s upcoming events through social media!
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Feel free to also send an email to [email protected] for any questions or enquiries.
Jade Lee – President
Jade graduated her double degree in a Bachelor of Business and Arts, majored in Economics and Indonesian language mid of 2020 at Monash University. She has been involved with both the AIYA Victoria and Yogyakarta Chapter for the past two years. Additionally, she is currently the Engagements Coordinator for NAILA (National Australia Indonesia Language Awards). During her university studies, she completed two ACICIS programs including the intensive learning Indonesian 3 week program in Salatiga as well as the 6 week Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta. This year, as President, Jade plans to expand AIYA Victoria’s community and membership base. She is very excited to lead the 2021 AIYA VIC committee.
Isabella Di Nello – Vice President
Issy recently completed a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian and Bachelor of Arts at Monash University with Honours in sociology. Her thesis examined how masculinity is portrayed in Indonesian cigarette ads, marrying her two interests: sociology and Indonesia. Issy joined AIYA in 2017 whilst studying Indonesian in Yogyakarta at UGM with the ACICIS program. She is passionate about all things Indonesia and is excited about what the future holds for the Aus-Indo relationship, especially for young Indonesians and Australians. Issy is eager to connect with like-minded individuals and promote the bilateral relationship at a grassroots level through language and culture sharing experiences. In her free time (when she’s not busy applying for graduate jobs), she enjoys listening to podcasts, cheering on her footy team, and her endless quest to find the perfect boba tea.
Darcy Murphy – Secretary
Darcy is currently completing a Master of Teaching (Indonesian) after recently graduating from a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Informatics alongside a Diploma of Indonesian Language at the University of Melbourne.
Since beginning Indonesian language studies in primary school, Darcy has developed a keen interest in the Australia-Indonesia bilateral relationship. Darcy is an avid participant in AIYA and has spent time volunteering with both the Victoria and Yogyakarta chapters before joining the national team. He is also a member of the Krakatoas football club, a team made up of Indonesians living in Australia, and Australians with a strong connection to Indonesia.
He was a delegate of the 38th Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) to East Java where he worked on several community development projects with 35 other passionate young Australians and Indonesians.
Ben Greilach – Treasurer
Ben has just completed his final year at Monash University, studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, and a Diploma of Language majoring in Indonesian. Currently he is waiting to start working full-time at Grant Thornton in the Auditing department, beginning in April 2021. Ben began studying Indonesian at high school and during this time he got to visit Indonesia with his school. Ben continued studying Indonesian at university and completed the 6-week Business Professional Practicum in Jakarta with ACICIS. Ben joined AIYA so as to try improve his Indonesian outside of class, as well as to meet new friends. He hopes to continue improving and promoting AIYA.
Rosie Murphy – Communications Officer
Rosie is currently studying at Monash University undertaking a Bachelor of Global Studies specialising in human rights, alongside a Diploma in Languages, majoring in Indonesian. She is very passionate about all things Indonesia and has spent quite a lot of time there, including teaching English and Indonesian at a high school in Lombok. She is very excited to continue to develop the Australia-Indonesia relationship, and believes AIYA is the perfect way to do this. She is looking forward to having fun with the rest of the AIYA crew.
Vincent Ganda – Professional Programs Officer
Vincent is currently a master student at the University of Melbourne studying food science. He first came to Australia when he was 14 years old during summer holiday to visit his cousins who used to studied in here, and he instantly fell in love with the culture, people, and the city. He has a passion in learning, and inspiring other people. One of his greatest work is his podcast where he share with other people about life after university ends (his podcast name is Life after Uni, you guys can check that out 🙂 ). As a new member of AIYA, Vincent wishes to use his skills and knowledge to help and inspire as many young Indonesian and Australians in their professional career and their personal growth.
Miranda Rey-Fleming – Professional Programs Officer
Miranda is in her fifth year at Monash University, studying Civil Engineering and Arts, majoring in Indonesian. In 2019-2020 she participated in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in East Java, which reinforced her desire to understand and enhance the bilateral relationship. Miranda is keen to continue engaging with those who are passionate and curious about Australian and Indonesian culture. When she’s not flooded by study, she loves to read, cycle and ngobrol!
Jesse Dass – Sociocultural Officer
Jesse is a Science and Global Studies undergraduate at Monash University, majoring in Spanish and Latin American studies and Ecology and Conservation Biology, alongside a Diploma of Languages in Indonesian studies. He first started learning Indonesian in Year 6 and continued the language throughout secondary school. In 2019, Jesse completed a 5-month internship at the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU), focusing on Sumatran musicology. That same year, he was selected to participate in the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) in East Java. During the 2-month program, he worked on an environmental community development project in Sanankerto and completed a teaching assistant internship in Surabaya. Through his role as a socio-cultural officer, Jesse wishes to spread his interest in Indonesia’s diverse cultures to other Australians and further promote the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Melisa Lauw – Sociocultural Officer
Melisa Abidin is a current undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce and majoring in accounting and finance. Having had experience in organising social events for new undergraduate students in the university of Melbourne, she hopes to utilize this experience in AIYA to provide a platform that is able to deepen the relation between the Indonesians and Australians living in Victoria. Melisa joined AIYA as she thinks that it provides an amazing platform for her to connect with and learn from other like-minded individuals through their cultural experiences. During her free time, she enjoys trying all the different brunch places in Melbourne, binge watching on Netflix, and is currently suffering from an addiction of dragon hotpot.
Nathasya Winardi – Education Officer
Nathasya is currently doing a Master’s in Clinical Research at the University of Melbourne and studying medicine at Universitas Indonesia. She was born in Medan, North Sumatera and have lived there most of her life. She has always been fascinated with Australia, as it was Indonesia’s “western” neighbour and have always wanted to spend some time studying there. Her interest grew stronger when she received the chance to enrol at the University of Melbourne and had the opportunity of living the Aussie way. This also launched her curiosity in Australia-Indonesia relations and the available opportunities for people of each country to learn from one another. She believes in education being the foundation of open-mindedness and growth of a country. She wants to be able to contribute to the learning of anyone interested in Indonesia and in return, learn more about what Australia has to offer.
Zevanya Graciella – Education Facilitator
Zevanya Graciella Donika Putri has graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology & psychology minor in media studies. As her degree states she always passionate in the social culture, moving to Melbourne for her studies has excel her to do great in the community not only being incharged in church events, but also helped her to observe the unique differences between the two continents. Her passion to make the world a better place is highly regarded, all she ever wanted is to give a safe & peaceful environment for everyone to be themselves no matter whatever their backgrounds. She also enjoy cooking and what she believes is that “Food is The ingredients that binds us together”. As education facilitator she would love to help in bilateral connection between Australian -Indonesian especially in regards to the foodie part & to be able to promote Indonesian culture for the eye of the world!
Lachlan Cropley – Education Facilitator
Lachlan is currently in his final year of his bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Deakin University. Through in-country programs, student exchanges and great language lecturers/teachers, Lachlan has found a passion in how Australia and Indonesia interact with each other on the global stage as well as on the social stages involving both nations people. Lachlan hopes in his time at AIYA he can help further facilitate dialogue and learning opportunities for anyone hoping to dive into a mix of Australian-Indonesian culture.
Christopher Redden – Education Facilitator
Born and raised in Jakarta to a Javanese mother and an Australian father, Chris is a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Melbourne- currently completing a double major of Indonesian Studies and Politics & International Studies. Chris’ life experience of living in both Indonesia and Australia, added with having mixed-race parents, who both still reside in Jakarta, culminated a strong passion in building a life related to improving the Australia-Indonesian bilateral relationship. Named after Indonesia’s first president ‘Soekarno’, Australian-Indonesian socio-political affairs is a part of Chris’ daily life. In 2016, Chris studied a short course at Universitas Islam, Yogyakarta, under The New Colombo Plan scholarship program ran by Flinders University, Adelaide. As education facilitator, Chris aims to foster a fun learning environment that bridges any cultural differences between Indonesian and Australian students.
Tom Kelly – Education Facilitator
Tom is a fourth year Bachelor of Laws/International Relations and Diploma of Indonesian Language student (quite the mouthful) at La Trobe University. He has an unwavering passion for all thing’s Indonesian language which, Tom discovered in an immersion experience to Timor Leste in high school. He truly believes language is a tool that can be used to bridge the gap between even the most unlikely of cultures and should be used as a spearhead to create better understanding within the globalised world we now find ourselves in. Tom is also passionate about international and domestic politics and hope to one day work in an area that intersects with these passions. It is his hope that he will one day be able to use his Indonesian skills to improve the relationship between Indonesia and Australia to one founded in mutual respect and common understanding.
VIC Language Exchange – Postponed until further notice
VIC Berbahasa (Belajar Bersama Hari Selasa) – Postponed until further notice
Last Updated 28 February 2021.